Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 30, 2010 18:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Town of Lac-Megantic's 125th Anniversary Celebrations

LAC-MEGANTIC, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 30, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament (Megantic-L'Erable), today announced funding for the festivities surrounding the 125th anniversary of the Town of Lac-Megantic.

Several events will be organized throughout 2010 to celebrate the 125th anniversary. These will include conferences on genealogy, musical shows, theatrical performances, and activities for the whole family.

"Our Government is pleased to invest in the Town of Lac-Megantic's 125th anniversary celebrations," said Minister Moore. "We believe in the importance of supporting communities and sharing with Canadians the talent and know-how of our artists and artisans. Investing in our culture is a way of contributing to the economic development of our country."

"Residents of the Megantic region are very proud of these festivities," said Minister Paradis. "It is important to underline our history's milestones and celebrate our collective heritage. Congratulations to everyone who devoted time and energy to organizing these celebrations that will unite the people of this beautiful region."

"We are very grateful," said Nathalie Bastarache and Charles Rodrigue, co-presidents of the Fetes du 125e de la ville de Lac-Megantic. "In providing us with this funding, the Government of Canada becomes a partner of our entire community, which is involved and proud of being from Megantic. This funding will help us enhance the quality and increase the number of events offered, while ensuring the sustainability of certain activities."

The Fetes du 125e de la ville de Lac-Megantic is an organization mandated to present activities that celebrate the founding of the Town of Lac-Megantic. These festivities honour the generations that have shaped this Eastern Quebec community.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $32,000 under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with opportunities to take part in activities that promote local arts and culture or that celebrate the history and heritage of a region.

(This news release is also available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations